Volunteer

Through the hours they invest, volunteers leave a legacy for the future

Volunteers empower museums to preserve and present heritage. At Kelowna Museums Society, over 100 volunteers are at work every year.

How will you share your skills?

Volunteers welcome guests at the front desks of our 3 museums, or serve as hosts at special events. Some work with historical materials, conduct research, catalogue collections, and clean objects. Others participate in exhibition creation or family programs.

Volunteers with particular knowledge or abilities get the satisfaction of applying their skills to meaningful projects. These volunteers include people with traditional skills, model railway or radio hobbyists, carpenters, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and even apiarists!

An area of interest for everyone!

People with a particular interest in military history, local sports, and Okanagan’s fruit and wine industries enjoy mobilizing that knowledge in museum projects. Between the Okanagan Heritage Museum, Okanagan Military Museum, Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame, and Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum, Kelowna Museums Society presents topics that speak to a wide range of interests.

Want to learn more?

Contact the Museums Services Coordinator at 250-763-2417, or info@kelownamuseums.ca.

Kelowna Museums Locations

Okanagan Heritage Museum

Kelowna’s flagship museum, the Okanagan Heritage Museum, invites visitors to discover how the Okanagan Valley was formed, to gain insights into the world of our syilx hosts, to learn about the arrival of traders and settlers and so much more.

Okanagan Military Museum

Devoted to the preservation and greater awareness of Okanagan military heritage, the Okanagan Military Museum features uniforms, insignia, badges, firearms and fascinating stories of how locals have contributed to events on the world stage.

Laurel Packinghouse

One of Kelowna’s most historic and beloved buildings, the Laurel Packinghouse is the oldest and largest packinghouse in BC. Part atmospheric rental venue, part museum, this is a building that charms both locals and visitors alike.

Kelowna Museums’ Upcoming Events & Workshops

A Flurry of Holiday Magic

A Flurry of Holiday Magic

Grab a lantern and step into the magic of the museum, all decked out for the holidays! This experience will leave you feeling nostalgic for that old-fashioned festive charm with stories, crafts, games, and the sights and smells that mark the holiday season.

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Behind the Scenes: A Virtual Tour of the Ursula Surtees Conservation Lab

Behind the Scenes: A Virtual Tour of the Ursula Surtees Conservation Lab

So much of what we do at the museum happens behind the scenes. The lab is a special place where objects are cleaned, repaired, and given the best treatment possible to preserve them. Tour the lab, sneak a peek at current projects, and listen to some of the conservators’ favourite stories, including why she had to dye a coyote’s ear.

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